Ecumenical Theological Seminary presents Colors of Music

ETS Colors of Music FlyerEcumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) presents Arts in Detroit Series, a collaboration of phenomenal artists.  The Colors of Music Concert is being held at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7PM.  The concert will be held at 2930 Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit, in the historic Sanctuary of the former First Presbyterian Church of Detroit at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Edmund Place.

Come see and hear this unique concert, where you will feel the acoustics in the beautiful historic Sanctuary of ETS.  The concert will take your senses on a visual and musical journey.  Multi-media artist Timothy Orikri will paint an 8-foot mural, accompanied by special live musical performances.  Guests will be entertained by Xiao Dong Wei (Erhu), Svetlana Tsivinskaya (violinist), Yuki Mack (pianist), Brandon Grafius on guitar, and members of the Detroit Medical Orchestra Chamber Ensembles.  Musical works scheduled to be performed include traditional Irish songs, classical music (including Chinese), and original compositions and acoustic indie pieces.  Stringed and brass wind instruments will complement piano, flute, guitar, Erhu (a Chinese instrument) and more.  This music, the intimate setting, and the creation of a large, colorful, passionate painting by Orikri is sure to offer everyone who attends a complete and satisfying sensory experience!

Xiao Dong Wei began studying the Erhu (two stringed Chinese violin) at the age of five with her father, and was accepted by the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at age 11. Ten years later, she earned her degree and is considered a “Master” of the erhu.

A native of Saint Petersburg, Svetlana Tsivinskaya started playing the violin at six years old. Years later, her unique cultural environment combined with a focused musical education has shaped Svetlana into a versatile performer.

Japanese born pianist, Yuki Mack, has dazzled audiences on three continents.  Her performance career is extensively diverse,having performed works for chamber music, solo and duo-piano. She has performed with orchestras as a soloist, and liveon the radio in Chicago, Sweden, Italy, and Poland.

Brandon Grafius has been performing his blend of folk, blues, and indie music in the mid-Michigan area for over 20 years.  While he has recorded with various bands, “Another Door” marks his first venture into the recording studio under his own name, with a batch of self-penned songs.  When he is not playing music, Brandon teaches Old Testament and Hebrew at ETS, where he also directs the Urban Ministry Diploma program.

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray, the President of Ecumenical Theological Seminary, said that, “We are thrilled to welcome guests from throughout Southeast Michigan to this exciting collaboration of visual and musical performances in our historic Sanctuary.  As Detroit embarks on its journey of renewal and re-imagination, Ecumenical Theological Seminary stands committed to the education of justice-minded individuals and communities in a theological context.  Music is the very language of the spirit, and Timothy Orikri often remarks that his paintings are his sermons.  Our seminary community is thrilled to partner with renowned performers who appreciate the interplay of artistic imagination and faith.”

Over 300 art and music lovers are expected.  Ample free parking is available for guests. There will be a silent auction for the mural during the event.  The auction closes at the end of the program.  All proceeds benefit Ecumenical Theological Seminary and its mission to educate and prepare faith leaders.

General Admssion seats are $20; students and seniors tickets are $15 and children 12 and under are free of charge.  Please RSVP at  Any inquires may be addressed to Pamela Johnson at 313.831.5200, ext. 209.  Be sure to visit the ETS website at